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Prakash Jha On The Need For A Modern Gandhi

Prakash Jha feels that the country in an urgent need for a modern Gandhi because of the high level of corruption in every section of the society.

In his latest outing, Satyagraha, Jha focuses on the uprising of the middle class against a corrupt and unjust system. It is the story of a man who is a firm believer of Gandhian principles.

The director talks about his latest release ‘Satyagraha’. Prakash said, “My film Satyagraha is not inspired from Mahtama Gandhi or Anna Hazare. Gandhi was a great human being, a great leader, a great inspiration for the entire country and India badly needs a modern Gandhi today”.

Today the common man is not angry because of corruption in the country, he is angry because he is a victim of corruption. Things like death due to negligence or a common man fighting the system to get his pension are very common phenomena in our country. I have tried to highlight these issues in my film,” the film-maker said.

In his political stint, the filmmaker had contested the Lok Sabha elections from his native Champaran in Bihar.

Prakash Jha tried to start a political career too. He said, “I wanted to bring about a change in the country and that was the reason I tried to contest for the elections twice but I failed. An MP gets a lot of power and access so I thought if I would become one, I would be able to bring about a genuine change in the society. But it seems people did not accept me‘.

Prakash Jha is happy with the viewers’ response to his movie ‘Satyagraha’ which minted Rs 44.19 crore in four days at the box office since its release on August 30.

I am happy with the response that we are getting for a film like Satyagraha… it shows people are ready to accept all kind of films provided they are good. With the kind of numbers we have made, it proves the audience has liked the film,” Jha said.

I have never claimed that I am trying to make great cinema. I have always taken cinema as a medium to express my opinions and take it to the audience,” he said ending the interview.

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